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Basilan radio anchors tackle gender-sensitive reporting

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ISABELA CITY, Basilan, March 31 (PIA) --Radio anchors and reporters of DXNO-FM Radyo Komunidad de Isabela City recently underwent a training-workshop on Gender Sensitive News Writing and Broadcasting.The training aimed  to provide awareness, understanding and draw appreciation on the use of gender-sensitive and gender-alternative language as against sexist language that discriminates certain sector in society, particularly women.The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Basilan led some 30 radio anchors and reporters in appreciating the role of media in feeding the public of the messages that help in  forming their social values, and influencing decision-making from purchase to politics.“The training provided us with another lens and perspective in looking at commercials and IEC materials presented to us, which we usually ignore or don’t bother about,” Bernardita Hontucan said.Using the assessment tool provided by the Gender-Fair Media kit of PIA, the participants evaluated one comme…

DENR XII heightens sea turtle conservation in Glan town

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GLAN, Sarangani--- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII is now establishing enclosures for turtle nests in its effort to conserve this marine wildlife in Glan, Sarangani Province.This came during the observance of World Wildlife Day on March 5 at Barangay Burias here.The activity was participated by coastal dwellers and local government unit of the said barangay together with RD Foundation, Incorporated, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of RD Group of Companies.Barangay Burias, a coastal barangay has been reported to have been visited by nesting turtles on its beaches.Kagawad Ali Gampal said the turtles have been nesting in the area long before. “The residents of Barangay Burias do not understand the importance of sea turtles at first. It is only recently that the people in the coastal community demonstrate concern for the marine mammal.”DENR XII Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria has appealed to those living in the coastal areas …

DA XII prepares for cloud seeding

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KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato--- The Department of Agriculture (DA) XII is now working on the conduct of cloud seeding operations in the region.Engineer Milagros Casis, regional executive director of DA XII, said the agency has already allocated P2.5 million for said intervention. “We are just processing some more documents in order for us to kick-start the cloud seeding operations together with the Bureau of Soils and Water Management,” Director Casis noted. She said they are hoping to do the cloud seeding by end of March, wherein a total of 40 cloud seeding sorties will be conducted in the region in anticipation of El Niño.“This intervention is part of our preparation and mitigation activities in line with the anticipated El Niño phenomenon,” she said.Recently, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) released an advisory which indicated a weak El Niño and below normal rainfall in the coming months.But Casis said they will no longer …

ATI prods media to help with farmers training

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Mar. 31 (PIA) – The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) IV-A prodded the media to help them with farmers training during its recently conducted media conference held at the ATI Regional Training Center IV-A here. The conference attended by media personnel from Cavite, Laguna and as far as Quezon provinces, served as venue for the presentation and promotion of ATI's various programs and services.Dubbed “CONNECT Engaging ATI RTC IV-A Programs and Services through Media Linkages,” the conference has opened a connection with the media as it even more emphasized its important role in cascading and disseminating vital information to the public such as the farmers sector.The conference was in line with ATI’s mandate to train Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and their beneficiaries being the Department of Agriculture’s extension and training arm aimed to improve the current state of the country’s agriculture. Marites Piamonte-Cosico, center director of …

Sarangani students receive new reading glasses

ALABEL, Sarangani--- Over 300 students from the different municipalities in Sarangani received new and fully examined reading glasses in an outreach program initiated by the provincial government through its Serbisyong Sarangan Outreach Program. Commenced in 2016 by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, the program continues to extend medical and livelihood assistance to Sarangans, especially those who are living in the rural areas. The four-day mission last February 19 to 22 was conducted in partnership with the Latter-Day Saint Charities, Department of Education, and Crystal Lenses Optical. Four schools in the District 1 of Sarangani composing the municipalities of Alabel, Malapatan, Glan and Malungon benefitted from the program. The beneficiaries included 52 students from Pangyan National High School in Glan, 140 students from Malalag Cogon Integrated School in Malungon, 87 students from Daan Suyan Integrated School in Malapatan, and 35 students from Pag-asa Integrated School in Alabel.…

DOLE turns over P4 M fund for marginalized sectors in Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani--- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty and the vulnerability to risks of the marginalized sectors of the society by providing them access to livelihood undertakings and opportunities. Thus, the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or KABUHAYAN Program per DOLE Department Order No. 173, series of 2017, is considered an important strategy towards the transition of the informal workers. DOLE Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano turned over a cheque to Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon amounting to 4,150,388 pesos for livelihood assistance to 392 beneficiaries in Sarangani Province. This was held at the Provincial Governor’s Office on February 27, with the special participation of Provincial Head of DOLE Domingo Baron and selected government officers who will take part in the monitoring.According to the Provincial Administrator’s Office, the identified beneficiaries (Persons with Disability, drug surrenderees, form…

Sarangani participates in Earth Hour 2019

ALABEL, Sarangani---Sarangani Province took part with the rest of the globe in reducing its carbon footprint in the celebration of Earth Hour 2019 anchored in the theme “Connect2Earth.” Earth Hour is a global environmental movement of World Wide Fund (WWF), aimed at inspiring and empowering individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments to take tangible action for the planet. As the movement grows, the one-hour lights-out event continues to be the symbol of a broader commitment toward the planet. On March 30, from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening, Sarangani carried out the lights-off activity all over the Provincial Capitol with the objective of decreasing its greenhouse gas emission. In 2012, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sarangani created a system called Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Accounting, which determines the annual percentage of the greenhouse gas emission produced by the Provincial Capitol of Sarangani. Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Ac…

Farmers in Sarangani receive land titles

Zambales celebrates thriving mango industry

IBA, Zambales -- Clad in colorful mango-inspired costumes, street dancers on Sunday took to the streets for the annual province-wide festival that celebrates the local thriving mango industry.This province is known worldwide for the sweet mango varieties that grow here. In fact, the Sweet Elena carabao mango, which only grows here, was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records (world’s sweetest) in 1995.This paved the way for the yearly festivity known as "Dinamulag Festival," to celebrate the bountiful harvest of other mango varieties known also for their large sizes.Governor Amor Deloso said the festival aims not only to promote their world-famous produce but to encourage people to visit Zambales."Zambales is more than just a mining province, it is a rising tourist site,” Deloso said.In the last two weeks, locals and tourists alike witnessed many activities connected to the festival.Among these were Zamba Tuklas Talento, I Love Zumbales Zumba Session, Ginoong Millen…

P4.35-B worth of crops lost to El Niño

MANILA -- Agricultural losses due to the “weak” El Niño now affecting the country are estimated to have reached PHP4.35 billion with an estimated volume of 233,007 metric tons (MT) of crops and damaged 149,494 hectares of farmland.Total number of affected farmers and fisherfolk are 138,859 in the Cordillera Administrative Region (Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province); Ilocos Region (Pangasinan); Cagayan Valley (Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino); Central Luzon (Bulacan); Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon); Mimaropa (Occidental Mindoro); Bicol Region (Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Masbate); Western Visayas (Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental); Eastern Visayas (Biliran, Leyte, Northern Samar, and Samar); Zamboanga Peninsula (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte); Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental); Davao Region (Davao del Sur); Soccsksargen (Cotabato); and Ban…

Tel Aviv brings Israeli talent to 2019 Manila Improv Fest

MANILA -- Israel has joined the best acts in Asia's improvisational theater bringing the Dodot Ensemble to the 2019 Manila Improv Festival on Sunday.

The Dodot Ensemble, consisting of Matan Goren, Tal Zolti, Carmel Neltzer, and Elad Yishay, was formed four years ago after its members won the ‘Improvisation Championship’ of Israel and graduated from the ‘Kibbutzim College’ Acting School.

The Manila Improv Festival act was their first unrehearsed and unscripted play in the Philippines.

Easily one of the crowd's favorites, the members shared their "secret" in doing an impressive improv act that could draw connection and laughter from the audience.

"We concentrate on what's happening and on each other. We always strive to make each other look better and not think too much of what will be funny or what will be interesting, just be in the moment, react and it'll come," Tal said in an interview after their performance.

"Every rehearsal we have differe…

Cost of LPG goes up but gasoline, diesel, kerosene to go down

MANILA -- The tide seems to have turned in favor of motorists as oil executives announce a modest rollback in pump prices scheduled to come into effect on Tuesday, but homeowners will be biting their lips as the price of cooking gas is headed in the opposite direction.The country's two major oil companies have already made formal announcements Sunday afternoon about the impending price adjustments, while others are expected to issue similar statements soon.Pilipinas Shell, beating the competition to the punch, said in a text message to journalists that it would be cutting prices of its diesel products by PHP0.30 per liter, its gasoline products by PHP0.10 per liter and kerosene by PHP0.20 per liter, effective 6 a.m. on April 2.Meantime, Petron Corporation announced a PHP1.25 per kilogram increase in the prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) affective 12.01 a.m. on April 1. This translates to a PHP13.75 increase for every 11-kilo tank of cooking gas.The price of Auto LPG, often u…

PRRD to Moros: Take advantage of BARMM to ‘correct’ historical injustices

Pasig claims inaugural Chooks-To-Go 3x3 title

MANILA -- Pasig-Grindhouse became the inaugural winner of the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup in style, blasting 1Bataan Risers, 19-7, in the championship game at SM Fairview in Quezon City on Sunday.The Kings only needed to finish at least third to clinch the overall title, but they instead went for the kill in the final two rounds of the Grand Finals, edging the San Juan Knights, 19-18, in the semifinals before the rout against the Risers."It's attributed to our hard work. We're driven every week to push ourselves to get better," said Joshua Munzon, who scored a game-high 11 points en route to Best Player honors.Taylor Statham added five markers for Pasig, which won PHP1 million plus a seat in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in Doha this April.Alvin Pasaol scored five points for Bataan, which took home PHP200,000 for the runner-up finish.Both clubs will represent the Philippines in the first-ever FIBA Asia-Pacific Super Quest next weekend also sponsored by C…

Jude Sabio ‘hallucinating’: Palace

MANILA -- Malacañang on Sunday described Jude Sabio, the lawyer who filed a communication before the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing President Rodrigo R. Duterte of committing crimes against humanity, as “hallucinating” after the former claimed he was being harassed by the Duterte administration.Sabio, in a TV interview, claimed he was in “self-imposed hiding” after a Trece Martires court ordered his arrest for deficiency in his Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).He also claimed that there is currently a “very serious threat” to his life after he went to The Hague to lodge his complaint.Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, denied that there was the existence of a warrant of arrest for deficiency in MCLE and that the lawyer simply wanted exposure.“He is hallucinating and just wants to publicize himself. There is no such animal as a warrant of arrest for a deficiency in the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education,” Panelo said.“I suggest you check the ar…

Negros Oriental police ops ‘legitimate’: PNP

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday defended the police operations that resulted in the killing of 14 people and the arrest of 15 others in Negros Oriental on Saturday.“The law enforcement operations were legitimate and covered by search warrants issued by the court,” PNP spokesperson, Col. Bernard Banac in a statement on Sunday.“It is the duty of the PNP to enforce the law and maintain peace and order to ensure public safety and security against criminal and other lawless elements,” he added.Banac made his comment after militant groups condemned the police operations which they claimed as ‘a crime against our farmers’.“And we always perform this function following the standard rules of engagement, respect on human rights and with presumption of regularity,” Banac said.He said the PNP would welcome any move by some groups challenging the veracity of the operations.“All the allegations raised by some groups will be answered by the PNP at the proper time and at the p…

14 Reds killed, 16 nabbed in Negros Oriental

TACLOBAN CITY – A day-long joint military and police operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Oriental on Saturday has resulted in the death of 14 and capture of 16 members.Government forces served 36 search warrants to suspected rebel hideouts in three cities and nine towns in the province. Executive judges in Negros Oriental and Cebu City issued the warrants for alleged violation of Republic Act 10951 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, government sources revealed.Those killed reportedly fought back and engaged authorities in a shootout as the latter served the search warrants. Some eight of the fatalities were from Canlaon City, four from Manjuyod, and two from Santa Catalina Negros Oriental, it was reported.Dubbed as “Oplan Sauron 2pt0”, the operation has led to the recovery of 53 assorted firearms, including high-powered rifles, handguns of various calibers and some grenades. Also seized were 210 assorted ammunition, seven gun magazines, 1…

IRR on bigger motorcycle plates to undergo consultation: LTO

MANILA -- A transport official has reassured motorcycle riders that the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of a law requiring bigger motorcycle number plates will undergo public consultation.Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante made this remark following the backlash from motorcycle riders who opposed the newly-signed law expected to prevent the use of such vehicles in the commission of crimes using motorcycles.“To those who have concerns over the implementation of this law, especially riders, just think, what can you do to help? If you show a good example of following the law, others will be encouraged to do the same,” Galvez said in an interview over Radyo Pilipinas on Friday (March 29).“We just want to reiterate, in crafting the IRR of this law, we will ask about your experiences, your knowledge, so that you can suggest how we can make the implementation of this law more effective,” he added.Last week, thousands of motorcycle riders staged a unity ride along …

Start of campaign period in C. Luzon 'uneventful'

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The first day of campaigning by local candidates in Central Luzon came and went without any incident.Brig. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, director of the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), said on Sunday that all provincial and city police offices in the region reported that no violent incidents took place in their areas of responsibility at the start of the campaign period for local aspirants last Friday."I am glad to note that here in Region 3 no single incident report relative to the campaign of our local candidates was received by authorities,” Coronel said in a media interview.He said checkpoints jointly manned by the Philippine National Police and Commission on Elections are positioned in strategic areas in Central Luzon to deter possible hostilities among candidates and their followers.“We continuously implement our security preparations to ensure that the duration of the campaign and election period will be smooth sailing. We aim for a zero incident th…

Student activist-turned Army scholar gets college diploma

DAVAO CITY -- A 24-year-old supporter of the Communist New People's Army (NPA) who surrendered to government forces and became a scholar of the Philippine Army's 71st Infantry Battalion (71IB) was among the successful graduates of the Liceo de Davao Tagum College.Identified only as alias Peter, he received his diploma on Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education on Friday’s graduation of the Liceo de Davao Tagum College held at the New City Hall building in Tagum City.Peter was a student of a Salugpungan school run by the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI) in Sitio Tyra, Barangay Lapu-Lapu, Maco, Compostela Valley that has been reportedly penetrated by the communist recruiters teaching students to grow up hostile to the government.Peter came from a poor Mansaka tribe family who cannot afford to send him to school. After finishing high school in the Salugpungan, MISFI sent him to Liceo de Davao as its college scholar on condition that he would go back as a v…

FVR cites Duterte, MWSS on sustainable water security

MANILA -- Stressing that Metro Manila’s water supply system was in much worse shape in the 1990s compared to its condition today, former President Fidel V. Ramos lauded the Duterte administration and the current Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) officials for addressing with dispatch the water shortage problem and for seriously putting on track several major water supply sources projects for sustainable water security.Ramos made the statement following a courtesy call by MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco -- FVR’s first Special Action Force commander and veteran EDSA 1 and 2 hero including quelling coup attempts against President Cory Aquino -- who briefed the former Chief Executive on the various executive actions undertaken by MWSS to solve the water shortage that affected consumers in the east zone concession area of Manila Water.Admitting that the MWSS is on a catch-up mode due to failures of past leaderships to develop new water sources, Velasco also discusse…

7K plus troops to participate in 'Balikatan' 2019

MANILA -- Around 7,550 Filipino, American and Australian troops will be participating in this year's "Balikatan" exercises which will formally start April 1 and end on the 12th.This was disclosed by Philippine "Balikatan" public affairs officer, Lt. Cmdr. Liezl M. Vidallon, in an interview with reporters Sunday.Vidallon said this can be broken down into 4,000 personnel for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 3,500 on the United States side and 50 from the Australian Defense Force.He added that the Australian participation is possible as exercises are multilateral for this year.Exercise venues will be in Northern and Southern Luzon.Objectives for "Balikatan" 2019 are to enhance the inter-operability of participating forces aside from highlighting long-standing military relations between the Philippines and the US. (PNA)
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DILG urges LGUs to support DOH measles vaccination campaign

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) encouraged the local government units (LGUs) to be its proactive partners in the conduct of nationwide immunization campaign to address the measles outbreak.DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año made this call through Memorandum Circular 2019-47, enjoining the LGUs to encourage parents to have their children ‘immunized’ under the Department of Health's (DOH) nationwide immunization campaign."The measles outbreak was fueled by a scare which can be corrected through intensive information dissemination. The nationwide immunization campaign is a vehicle for us to reverse the measles outbreak and we turn to our LGUs to be our partners in encouraging parents to have their children immunized," Año said.Año said support of the LGUs and active participation of the health workers are crucial to ensure successful conduct and implementation of the immunization program.He said LGU officials should encourage their constituen…

Reds' front groups scamming for donations: AFP official

MANILA -- Militant organizations, reportedly fronting for the communist terrorist groups, are exploiting Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and fabricating reports that paint a very dire human right situations in the Philippines which they will then use as a pretext for asking donations from foreign donors like the European Union (EU) and its member states.This, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief-of-staff, Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., in a message to reporters Sunday."We are armed with the truth and nothing else. We are morally convinced that what this CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) organizations are doing is simply to exploit our IPs, project a very dire HR (human rights) situation in our country, vilify our government by fabricating reports to cast doubt on the efficiency of our government, and then what? Ask for donations,” Parlade said.“This is a pattern they have established. A fake 'Bakwit' to ask EU funding. A fake advocacy to Save …

We won't fall into a debt trap: Dominguez

MANILA -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Sunday reassured the public that the Philippines will not fall into a "debt trap" to any other country as the government expands its infrastructure investments through concessional loan financing from its development partners.Dominguez, in a statement, reiterated that in conformity with the Constitution and our laws, none of the pipeline projects funded with official development assistance (ODA) from countries like Japan and China allow for the appropriation or takeover of domestic assets in the event of a failure to pay, will never happen.The government’s borrowing program, Dominguez noted, remains “very conservative in the sense that we only borrow to invest in projects that will generate economic gains which are greater than the borrowing cost.”According to Dominguez, no infrastructure project is funded through ODA without first going through a rigorous system of reviews and approvals by the Cabinet and the President, an…

Campaign period for Metro Manila local bets begins smoothly

MANILA -- The first two days of the campaign period for local candidates in Metro Manila was “generally peaceful”, according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).“No untoward incidents for the past two days related to election,” said Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, NCRPO Director, in a text message sent to Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Sunday.He said with the campaign period now in full swing, the next six weeks are going to be critical as the candidates will be active in all areas of Metro Manila as they start wooing the residents/voters.Eleazar added there is no election hotspot in Metro Manila for the coming May 13 elections.He said, however, that lawmen will continue to monitor heated political rivalries that may exist in certain areas of the metropolis.“Local election campaign periods have shown traditionally, that there is more conflict and tension in the air -- both physical and emotional -- because every single candidate has his/her own rabid camp and followers …

Poll gun ban ops net 76 firearms in Soccsksargen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Police units in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) confiscated at least 76 firearms in nearly three months in line with the implementation of the election gun ban.Brig. Gen. Eliseo Tam Rasco, regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12, said in a report on Sunday the assorted firearms were seized in various operations in the region since the start of the election period on Jan. 13, 2019.He said these include the implementation of search warrants, serving of warrants of arrest, conduct of checkpoints and chokepoints, and other law enforcement activities.Such accomplishment was in compliance with the directive from the Philippine National Police (PNP) central office “to strictly and religiously implement” the firearms ban in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies.“This is to prevent the occurrence of election-related incidents and other criminality during the election period and beyond,” Rasco said.A total of 26…

Southern Negros villagers burn CPP flag, vow loyalty to gov't

BACOLOD CITY -- Residents in two southern cities of Negros Occidental held separate activities to denounce the atrocities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF).The rites were held on Friday in line with the 50th founding anniversary of the CPP-NPA which is listed as terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.In Sipalay City, some 140 residents of Barangay Cabadiangan burned the flag of the CPP and took their oath of allegiance to the government in the activity facilitated by the Philippine Army’s 15th Infantry Battalion IB (15IB) headed by Lt. Col. Patricio Tomales.Capt. Arnel Lozada, commanding officer of 15IB’s Charlie Company, said on Saturday the village has been identified to be “influenced by the rebels.”He added that the NPA has been monitored conducting extortion activities, recruiting of minors, and trying to win back their former supporters.Lozada urged the res…

Lawless group busted, high-powered firearms seized

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- Joint military and police units on Saturday seized high-powered firearms and apprehended lawless elements during the conduct of law enforcement support operation (LESO) in Barangay Langkong, Matanog, Maguindanao.Personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-BARMM), backed by troopers from the Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion (37IB) and Maguindanao police force, served the search warrant against the notorious Lumbos group for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition and arrested four of its members.Arrested were Guiaman Lumbos, Ali Lumbos, Samsudin Lumbos, and Digna Lumbos Dirangaren, all suspected members of the Lumbos robbery group who are also allegedly into contract killing activities.Seized from them were one improvised .30-caliber sniper rifle, two M16 assault rifles, one M14 rifle, one Carbine, one M16 rifle with M203 grenade launcher, one h…

Bacolod inmates to form mask theater guild

BACOLOD CITY -- Some 20 inmates of the Metro Bacolod District Jail (MBDJ)-Male Dormitory Annex in Barangay Handumanan underwent a five-day Integrated Theater Arts Workshop in preparation for the creation of their own mask theater guild.The workshop was conducted under the HANAS: Scholarship Program in Culture and the Arts initiated by the West Visayas Museum Association (WVMA), Inc. and Colegio San Agustin (CSA)-Bacolod through a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).Rudy Reveche, executive and workshop pedagogy director of HANAS, said over the weekend, they have finished the first phase, which is the Voice for Theater Workshop conducted by Denise Aguilar, a graduate of the Singapore Intercultural Theater Institute.“The theater training aims to guide them on how to reconcile with their past, heal their broken lives, and rediscover their identities,” he said.This was done through a series of theater games, exercises, role playing and group dynamics, he adde…

Davao Occidental clinches seat in MPBL South Finals

MANILA -- Davao Occidental claimed the first seat in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Southern Division Finals after romping over Bacoor City, 87-67, at the Batangas City Sports Center on Saturday night.Joseph Terso and Eman Calo each made 14 points for the Tigers, who zapped the Strikers, 47-27, in the second half to seal the 2-0 sweep of their South semifinal series.Gab Banal tallied 17 markers, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal for Bacoor City.Meanwhile, Batangas City lived to fight another day after edging Zamboanga, 67-57.The Athletics bounced back from a slow first quarter with an impressive second quarter showing and pulled away later in the match to tie their own best-of-three series at 1-all.Jeff Viernes scored 16 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists for Batangas City, which will host Game 3 on Tuesday night.Robin Roño, meanwhile, made 16 markers, six boards, two dimes, and one steal for Zamboanga. (PNA)
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Partly cloudy skies for PH on Sunday

MANILA -- Partly cloudy skies will prevail over the whole archipelago on Sunday, the weather bureau said.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) added that eastern Visayas and Mindanao will experience isolated rain showers caused by the easterlies affecting these islands.Meanwhile, moderate to occasionally strong winds will blow over extreme northern Luzon with moderate to occasionally rough seas.Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate with slight to moderate seas, PAGASA said. (PNA)
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Ex-fighters, kin ready for decommissioning

Banner stories of Manila's leading newspapers, Sun. Mar. 31, 2019

INQUIRER -- EU to probe if cash aid ends up with PH RedsPHILIPPINE STAR -- Palace to public: Cut down on plastics useMANILA BULLETIN -- With honorsDAILY TRIBUNE -- EU audits Red aidMANILA TIMES -- 'Stop complaining, focus on defense'MANILA STANDARD -- Europe probes NGO ties with NPABUSINESS MIRROR -- In crisis mode: Bracing for the power crunch
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Abra observes TB Day 

BUCAY, Abra, March 30 (PIA) - -The World Tuberculosis (TB) Day was observed in the province with the advocacy dubbed as Caravan Health Plus here.Virginia Lalin, provincial coordinator of the TB Control Program, in partnership with the Bucay Rural Health Unit, led the observance with activities anchored on the theme, "It's time: End TB."The Caravan Health Plus involved TB and other health programs such as the Kilatis Kutis under the coordinatorship of Dr. Lilibeth Martin. Free X-Ray was also provided to the inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, senior citizens and other community folks in Bucay. Tuberculosis is a highly contagious and fatal disease, but it can be prevented and cured, Lalin stressed as she   shared important points in TB prevention and cure.Lalin recommended that TB patients observe the "Ubokobularyo" practice or covering the mouth with handkerchief or facetowel when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of bacteria to those…

DENR,Abra LGU lead river clean-up drive 

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BOLINEY, Abra, March 30 (PIA) –- In celebration of the World Water Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in coordination with the local government unit here, led a clean-up drive along the Ikmin River, one of the main tributaries of the Abra River.More than 100 workers from the  Community Environment and Natural Resources Office -Bangued and Lagangilang, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office including  barangays officials participated in the  clean up activity.  They were divided into four groups with their own designated areas to clean.    One of the major concerns tackled during the exit conference was the waste from piggeries which are directly dumped into nearby creeks which flow down to the Ikmin River.With this, Engr. Joyce Ann Mangsat of EMB   is working with the LGU on the implementation of a memorandum with all barangays prohibiting households to directly dump their piggery’s wastes to the cre…

Tabuk City DepEd to improve waste segregation in schools

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CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, March 30 (PIA) - - The city’s delegation to the recent  Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet  in Apayao  maybe dismal but went home inspired on positive values learned from  the host province.

While committing to improve their standing in the next CARAA, the City Schools Division Management Board   vowed to replicate the best practices they saw at Pudtol, Apayao where they were billeted.  They were particularly impressed with the waste management of the schools. Napoleon Mukay, in charge of delegates’ billeting, reported he was so impressed how the stakeholders of Pudtol managed their garbage.  The schools and roads are clean; there were installed  receptacles for waste. “This is what we want to impose in our schools,” he said sharing that he came out with a conclusion that people in Pudtol are disciplined since there are no litters around.Cornelia Peralta, delegation in charge on sanitation, said waste segregation should start in …

Japanese student interns learn Ifugao culture 

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HUNGDUAN, Ifugao, March 30 (PIA)- -Eleven Japanese student interns from the Kanazawa University (KU) immersed themselves in the villages of this town and in  Kiangan from March 15-23 to learn and experience hands on the cultural and traditional practices of the Ifugao people.These practices include indigenous farming, weaving, tour guiding, establishment of souvenir shops, rice grain pounding and preparation for cooking and the educational instruction methods now practiced in the elementary schools.This activity was part of the student exchange program between the Ifugao State University (IFSU) and KU forged under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2014 through the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP).Under the MOU, students would conduct research studies on the culture and traditions of the Ifugao people as part of their academic requirements for graduation and then implement projects for the conservation of the Ifugao rice terraces and those applicable for the Global…

DPWH opens 2 improved, widened streets in QC

MANILA -- Two road widening projects worth over PHP 72 million in Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City on Friday were opened to motorists to serve as an alternate route to Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (Edsa).Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar led the ceremonial inauguration of the newly-rehabilitated and widened one-kilometer section of Samar Street worth PHP57.87 million as well as the 229-linear meter 11th Jamboree Street, which cost PHP14.65 million.“I’m glad to be here to witness the inauguration of these road improvement projects that can serve as an alternate route to the congested Edsa and benefit thousands of motorists,” he said in a statement released on Saturday.Villar noted that the completed section of Samar Street starts from Timog Avenue and ends on Mother Ignacia Street, while the 11th Jamboree Street project, with improved drainage canals, begins from Timog Avenue up to Edsa.“Widening from two lanes to four lanes of these roads could e…

El Niño ‘wake-up call’ for W. Visayas to save energy

ILOILO CITY -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 6 (DENR-Western Visayas) said the region should pay attention to energy conservation, as it is currently confronted with El Niño.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier warned that almost all provinces in Western Visayas will experience dry spell and drought in April.“It’s about time for everyone to help contribute to saving our environment and fight against climate change through conserving electricity,” said Rabbie Carvajal, chief of the Environmental Education and Information Unit of DENR-EMB 6.In a phone interview on Saturday, Carvajal said El Niño should be a “wake-up” call for all to join the efforts of the government and other organizations in saving the planet.Jesse Vego, assistant regional director for Management Services of DENR 6, said the reduction of electricity consumption would lead to lesser carbon …

39 families along Malandog River up for relocation

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The Antique government is set to relocate 39 families living along the river banks to complete the construction of the PHP24.6 million riverbank slope protection funded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).Ruth C. Martinez, Malandog River Rehabilitation and Development Project Management Officer, said on Saturday they had been looking for a relocation site for families, considered as informal settlers, since last year.

“We have difficulty looking for the relocation site which is also near the river as requested by the families because of fishing is their livelihood,” Martinez said.She said during their meeting with DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, Senator Loren Legarda, Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao and the other DENR officials last March 22 at the New Antique Capitol, the secretary wanted the relocation of the informal settlers to be made priority so that the 221.6 lineal meter slope protection would be finished soon.

“Depart…

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Gov't recovers firearms from CPP-NPA official's safehouse

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MANILA -- Police and military personnel have recovered firearms and explosives from a house of a Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) ranking official during a raid in Marikina City on Friday.In a statement, joint elements of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU), PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) and Joint Task Force (JTF)- NCR AFP served a search warrant at another safehouse of Renante Gamara at 34-A Chrysanthemum St., Loyola Residents, Civic Organizations Brgy. Barangka, Marikina City at about 5:27 am of March 29, 2019.The search warrant was issued by Executive Judge Cecilyn E. Burgos-Villavert of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, Branch 89 dated Mar. 28, 2019.The Marikina safehouse was previously occupied by Ryan Dizon, alias Chef; and Gamara, a member of the central committee of the CPP-NPA.Dizon, who was identified as the owner of said safehouse, was not around during the service of the search warrant…

Iloilo City to monitor coastal cleanliness

ILOILO CITY -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) committed to monitor the cleanliness of the coastal villages after the “One Time, Big Time” coastal cleanup initiated by the city government on Saturday.Engr. Noel Hechanova, head of CENRO, said that they will partner with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 (Western Visayas) in monitoring the cleanliness of the coastlines.Monitoring teams will be formed and they will tap village officials and seek the cooperation of every resident for the coastlines to be litter-free.The clean-up drive kicked off at Barangay Bitoon in Jaro and moved towards Sto. Niño Sur in Arevalo district to raise awareness on coastal villages, he said.“It started with the clean-up drive and will soon be followed by information-education materials distribution, and campaigns on anti-littering, seepage management, mangrove protection, among others,” he said.Around 800 volunteers from non-government organizatio…

Water shortage may affect food security: Piñol

MANILA -- Unless mitigating measures to address the current water supply problem triggered by the El Niño phenomenon are implemented, the Philippines could face a shortage of food in the years to come, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol said on Thursday.Piñol attributed the drying up of creeks and rivers to massive deforestation that affected farm lands in the country.He said the occurrence of the drought-inducing El Niño or prolonged dry spell and the delay in the implementation of irrigation systems are among the reasons why water supply for agriculture keeps on decreasing.“There is also (the) absence of water conservation programs, water catchments and small impounding dams and the reliance of agriculture on traditional irrigation systems instead of embracing modern irrigation technology using solar power,” he noted.In the last high level meeting of Cabinet secretaries on water, Piñol said he made a presentation, which emphasized the threat of a looming water cr…